Article: Ben Revere proving baseball is a game of inches
Posted 15 August 2012 - 07:23 AM
Congrats to Ben Revere for "figuring it out" with the bat. I really didn't see this coming last year. Good for him.
Posted 15 August 2012 - 08:00 AM
I'm hoping that in AAA Brian Dozier will spot something like that in his batting stance, but mostly he needs to decompress and get his positive attitude back. He was feeling the pressure instead of applying it. You can't win with a defensive mindset, certainly not at the top level.
Posted 15 August 2012 - 08:05 AM
Pre-load position depends on the individual (see Youkilis). Everyone's different.
More important is the hands position at the load (right before the swing occurs).
Right, mechanically speaking getting his hands to the point when loading is ultimately a bigger factor in the overall swing. However, Revere's load point is basically the same as it was last year (he drops his hands to slightly below the letters before going towards the ball -- he also admitted in an earlier article that he was trying to minimize movement at that point as well).
In this case, where his moved his top hand higher in the pre-load, it is a case of getting his hands to the load point quickly (and in a more comfortable manner for him) and staying on top of the ball while trying to implement a more A-to-B swing rather than a looping version which caused him to get jammed.
I'll review some more video but I have not seeing a difference between load points.